Students' Response to the Use of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for Teaching Chemistry

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Study Guide Design

Study Guide Features

Student Response


Future Work



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Students' Response to the Use of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for Teaching Chemistry

Author: Rosamaria Fong
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Chemistry Department
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2


One of the many goals of the pre-entry program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology is to equip students with fresh study habits and the self-confidence they will require for future success. To this end, a Web-based study guide was created to provide the direction and on-going knowledge of results required for personal and academic growth. The web site was intended to:
  1. provide students 24-hour access to the course,
  2. improve students' problem-solving skills in chemistry,
  3. give students instant self-evaluation with interactive problem assignments, and
  4. identify specific problem areas of chemistry that the students face.
This ensures student success by building study habits and improving student confidence through on-going self-assessment and knowledge of results.

Students' evaluation and response to using the Web-based study guide were very positive and helped shape future endeavors. This paper discusses both educational and technical issues. Web links are included to illustrate the HTML frames and JavaScript used to provide ease of navigation and interactivity.


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This paper is created for using:

  • Netscape Navigator 3.x, Communicator 4.x;
  • JavaScript-enabled browser *;
  • screen resolution 800 x 600.

*Throughout this paper, JavaScript commands are used to call up pop-up windows. Remember to close all the pop-up windows as you leave.


An alternate URL for the CHEM 0010 Web-based Study Guide is set up for conference viewing and testing. Feel free to browse, submit answers, and test the site.
Access to the CHEM 0010 Web-based study guide is located at the top of the pages of this paper, or view the CHEM 0010 Web-based Study Guide now.

Table of Content

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Study Guide Design
  4. Study Guide Features
  5. Student Response
  6. Conclusions
  7. Future Work
  8. References
  9. Acknowledgements


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